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Dance Leggings, c. 1910
Beads on cloth
13 in. x 33 7/16 in. (33.02 cm x 84.93 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Sewing and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2008a,b
Red wool dance leggings with yellow edging and a six cm wide beadwork strip on the sides. Decorated with multi-colored step pyramids with metallic centers, and red and blue crosses on white.

Materials
glass beads and wool

Commentary
As early as 1850, Crow men began to wear cloth leggings to match striped trade blanket coats. Bands of beads and stripes in the cloth deorated these leggings. Later cloth leggings came to be preferred; most of the Crow delegation sent to Washington in 1873 wore cloth leggings iwth skin shirts. THese leggings, constructed by the traditional one-seam method, testify to the Crow fondness for red trade cloth.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 72 (illustrated/bw) fig. 239.

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